I have seen multiple photographer to claim they captured milky way photograph using phone but to me it looks like overlayed using Photoshop, is it really possible to capture using phones like poco f1? If yes how?
Yes you can take an image of the milky way with a smartphone, however, due to current limitations of smartphone cameras,it will always result in a limited image. In other words, if your aim is to capture the Milkyway in its full glory, the limitations of a smartphone won't allow you to do so.
Having said that, follow these guidelines, and you should achieve the best the smartphone can offer.
- Ensure you mount the smartphone on a sturdy tripod
- Attach a wide angle lens in front of the main phone camera
- Set your camera onto RAW mode. If your phone cannot do that, download a 3rdParty Camera APP that will allow you to do that.
- Ensure that you can trigger your camera with a voice command so there is no need for you to touch it and create shake
- Set your phone at ISO3200 or the highest ISO it allows
- Set the Aperture at its most open. F1/8, f2.8 etc
- Now, this is the tricky part, set the shutter speed at 20 seconds. (We don’t know the focal length of the lens, so this will be trial and error)
You are now ready to take your first image.
Examine the image, if its sharp but could do with more light, decrease your shutter speed (you can do this all the way until you start seeing trails.) If there are start trails, then you need to increase your shutter speed.
As a final word, this is only the beginning of the capture and the raw file will need to be processed using an image development application such as Lightroom, but that's a separate topic.